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The formation and support of a Community Leadership Team represents a valuable opportunity to engage a diverse set of stakeholders to create and advance health in their communities. Community leadership teams are fertile ground for tapping into, building leadership for health. We must constantly be asking if we have the right people at the table and if we are truly engaging them – so we can fully benefit from what they can bring to the table – unique perspective, expertise, community connections to other work in the community, energy and support for SHIP work.

Community Leadership Team

The Carver County Community Leadership Team consists of representation from the following organizations:

Carver County Behavioral Health provides a range of services and supports for individuals who are experiencing mental illness, chemical dependency, emotional/behavior disorders or difficulty adjusting to life changes; services are also available for their family members.
          •  Gary Norman, Behavioral Health Manager, Carver County Community Social Services

Carver County Family Child Care Licensing is responsible for licensing family childcare homes in Carver County. The licensing unit provides information, resources and trainings for childcare providers and families seeking child care.
          •  Tristin Sprengeler, Family Child Care Licensor, Carver County Health & Human Services

The Scott, Carver, Dakota Community Action Partnership (CAP) Agency started over 50 years ago to, "fill in the gaps," of services needed in the communities they represent. The CAP Agency has over 24 programs that serve the youngest to the oldest in our community. Programs include Head Start; Women, Infants and Children (WIC); Meals on Wheels, and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) outreach (helps attain food benefits).
          •  Terry Hassan, Outreach Manager

Child Care Aware offers support and resources to parents, childcare providers, and community members with all aspects of child care. Staff help guide and connect families, educate and support providers, and inform and partner with the community, both locally and statewide.
          •  Marie Johnson, Childcare Coordinator

Eastern Carver County Schools is committed to personalized learning. This means continuous progress in the elementary schools, personalized plans starting in middle school, and high schools that are small in size, yet offer college preparatory courses and comprehensive curricula. Eastern Carver County Schools serves Carver, Chanhassen, Chaska, and Victoria. 
          •  Lesley Wyman, Community Outreach Specialist
          •  Tara Cliff, Health Services Supervisor
          •  Jeff Theis, Manager of ALC & Community Education
          •  Roxanne Williams, Food Services Manager

Providers Choice supports child care professionals who serve healthy meals and snacks to the children in their care. Providers Choice provides training, compliance, monitoring and technical assistance to the family child care providers and centers on the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
          •  Paulette Pelletier, CACFP Field Representative

Ridgeview Medical Center exists to enhance the health of the people it serves by creating a culture that nurtures the whole person: mind, body and spirit. While maintaining independence, find innovative ways to work cooperatively with or invest in other organizations to provide world class quality care.
          •  Lisa Bryant, Community Outreach Coordinator

The SouthWest Metro Educational Cooperative exists to equip, motivate, and educate learners of all ages and abilities in an inclusive and flexible learning environment. SouthWest Metro continues to build on its rich history of collaborating with students, families and member districts to provide superior educational services, life and social skills, college, career and work readiness training, so learners may achieve rich and fulfilled lives within their community.
          •  Joyce Eissinger, Director of Curriculum & Program Development
          •  Jodie Pleinis, Velocity/Passages Teacher

At St. Francis Regional Medical Center, staff work together to provide all people the healing experience we would expect for ourselves and our families. Through our actions and accomplishments, St. Francis will consistently be recognized as one of the best community hospitals in the United States.
          •  Tamara Severtson, Manager, Mission Integration & Allina Health South Metro 
             Community Engagement

University of Minnesota Extension SNAP-Education, Health and Nutrition programs improve food literacy, physical activity, and healthy food access for Minnesotans to promote health and reduce disparities using University resources and proven educational and engagement strategies.
          •  Gloria Wolf, SNAP-Ed Educator, Health & Wellness Programs

Mackenthun’s Fine Foods’ mission is to provide customers with an exceptional food experience, while continuing to be involved in our communities and dedicated to the fair and honest treatment of our employees and suppliers.
          •  Alyson Pulvermacher, In-Store Dietitian

Love INC of Eastern Carver County connects neighbors in need to local partner churches in Chaska, Chanhassen, Victoria and Carver. Love INC of ECC responds to community needs through developing, growing and sustaining ministries.
          •  Ken Norman, Executive Director

Carver County Community Development Agency (CDA) provides affordable housing opportunities and fosters community and economic development in Carver County.
          •  Dave Beddoe, Director of Property Management

St. John’s United Church of Christ serves the communities of Cologne, Waconia, and Norwood Young America. St. John’s is rooted in tradition and provides a welcoming atmosphere for people to grow their faith.
          •  Rev. Cathy Kolwey, Pastor